Paula L. White, M.A., is a child advocate and senior education executive. Her book, SHAPE: The 5 Keys to Parenting from Research & Real Life, combines research and practice-proven common sense to offer a holistic road map of support for parents, whether their families are fully functioning, somewhat troubled, or filled with trauma. She holds a B.A. in Child Development from Spelman College and an M.A. in Education Leadership from Columbia University. For three years, she served as New Jersey's Chief Turnaround Officer, improving the state's most-challenged public schools. She also taught for almost a decade, before launching and leading a thriving public school. White serves on the New Jersey Council for Young Children and is a board member of Programs for Parents, an organization that offers comprehensive services for families, so that children can get the best start in life. She speaks publicly about parenting issues, and teaches parenting classes in schools, community centers, non-profit agencies, churches and other settings. She also provides strategic guidance and consulting to educators and school districts on improving the quality of family engagement in schools.